It is important to pause occasionally and recognize the importance of the public service. Always under scrutiny and facing a never-ending list of complex challenges in a continuously changing environment, public service requires true dedication, life-long learning and effective stakeholder engagement. Elected officials rely on the non-partisan expertise of the public service, and recent turbulent times only magnified the value of the service at all levels of government. Our receptions hosted at the Ontario Legislative Building and the Art Gallery of Ontario have provided opportunities to bring together elected officials, public servants and students for an exchange of ideas and reflections on the work in service of the public.
Celebrating Public Service
On March 26, 2019, we hosted our annual Queen’s Park reception in celebration of public service at the Royal Ontario Museum. This non-partisan event brings together elected officials, public sector and non-profit employees, faculty and students from the School to take a brief pause from the every-day challenges facing the public service, and recognize the important work of those who answer the call to serve. Attendees included Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, YorkU president Rhonda Lenton, chancellor Greg Sorbara and former YorkU president Ian Macdonald, among many important PPA alumni.